A time of celebrations and festivities turned into grief and chaos as a bus carrying passengers plowed into a festival crowd before dawn on Sunday in the capital city of Haiti.

According to the details provided by the police, the accident is being termed a hit and run incident and it resulted in the death of 38 people and injury of 13 others. The bus was owned by the transportation company called Blue Sky Logistics and it was carrying people from the northern Haitian city of Cap Haitien to the capital city, Port Au Prince. The passengers were on their way to attend a festival called Rara, which is a popular festival season in Haiti which extends from Mardi Gran until Easter Sunday.

The bus struck two passengers just outside the city of Gonaives, one of whom died on the spot. The bus driver then continued on for several miles before encountering a Rara band playing music in the middle of the road. Instead of stopping, the bus plowed through the first group of musicians and then drove through the second and the third group.

It is still not known what prompted the driver to act in such a way but he escaped soon after the accident and is still at large. Police are on a lookout for the driver who is responsible for so many deaths.

According to one eyewitness, people were still trapped under the bus when it finally stopped. “You could see bodies missing arms, bodies with stomachs out, and a trail of blood on the ground,” a man named Rigorov, who lives in the area, said. “You could hear people crying and calling for help, but I could not make a difference on who is alive and who is not.”

Angry people tried to set the bus on fire which still had passengers trapped in it, but the police came on time and stopped that from happening.